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B.C. rabbi’s home targeted with eggs, Nazi graffiti

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A B.C. rabbi’s home in Surrey, B.C., was peppered with eggs and had a Nazi symbol drawn on a window on Friday.

Zev Schtroks, the rabbi’s son who also lives at the house, said he was leaving home around 6:30 p.m. to meet his father and walk him home.

As he was leaving, he said he noticed a man at the edge of the property.

“He was holding a carton of eggs under his arm and he asked, ‘Is this the Jewish temple?’” he said.

Zev said he told the man it was a Jewish temple, and shortly after, the man started throwing eggs at the building. Zev then took out his cellphone, started recording video, and called police.

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“Based on my martial arts background, I felt like I might have to do some self-defence. I felt threatened,” Zev said.

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“I saw him walk up to the window, but I was not really paying attention. Later, I saw the swastika and, in the video, you can see a marker cap fall.”

The man walked away while Zev was talking to police.

Rabbi Schtroks said he was not shocked at what happened.

“Like most Jewish people, I know our history and the call that went around on the internet to do something to Jewish people worldwide,” he said. “It is only eggs — that was my thinking.”

The rabbi said the local Jewish community is feeling very upset.

“Canada is a very peaceful country. Most people in this part of B.C. have come from somewhere else for a peaceful life and to have all of the darkness from our history books come and sprout here is completely unsettling.”

The community is planning a meeting at the Semiahmoo Peninsula on Sunday night to show support for the family.

Global News has reached out to Surrey RCMP for more information.

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